During the prayer some scruples emerge in my heart, what should I do?
Dear Brother / Sister,
When a person prays, some scruples and dirty memoirs either
by the devil or his own soul attack the heart and the mind like flies. In such
a state one should not try to drive those ugly scruples away; because scruples
are like bees. As you deal with them, they increase their attacks. If you do
not deal with them, they go away. Scruples, too, leave man if man does not deal
with them. Besides, those scruples do not harm worship or a man’s heart.
It is harmful to think that scruples are harmful. Those words are not the words
of the heart. Maybe they are the blowing of the devil which is near the heart.
The heart is disturbed by it. The fact that the heart is disturbed by those
words shows that those words do not belong to the heart; on the contrary they
are the scruples of the devil. Man is not responsible for something that does
not belong to his heart.
For instance, when man contemplates on the verses in the
presence of Allah, opposite Kaaba, a scruple comes to his imagination. Thus it
tries to distract him from prayer. The imagination of the man who is exposed to
such a scruple resembles to a mirror. The image of a snake in the mirror does
not bite, the fire does not burn and the dirty things do not contaminate the
mirror; similarly the scruples and ugly memoirs that come to man’s mirror of
imagination do not harm man’s belief and worship.
If the scruple is too disturbing, then man should take
shelter in Allah, who is Wise and Merciful, and say, "I seek refuge in
Allah from Satan".